As Founder and Creative Director of Blueprint Africa, I am an interior stylist dedicated to developing a community around African-inspired décor. As a seasoned art director with an eye for symmetry, printed patterns and contrasting color, I have worked on a number of marketing campaigns. I have partnered with various brands targeting the African continent, and most recently worked as Set Designer for the second season of hit web series An African City. I am a creative problem solver, with a background in management consulting, banking and a strong budget planner. I am always excited to take on new projects! Besides décor, I love dancing and sarcastic banter, and I am a recovering What’s App addict.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
I am a first generation African-American. My Ghanaian father and Ivorian mother always instilled in me a sense of pride in where I came from. I was born in New Jersey and spent the majority of my life in the Washington DC area. I understand the black experience in America. However, I also got the chance to live as an African living abroad during my primary school and high school years, and now again as an adult. Black History Month is a time for me to reflect on how far we have come as black people; and also think about the journey of how we arrived here - both literally and figuratively. I love connecting with the Diaspora, and being able to celebrate black excellence in all its forms around the world. I use this month to reflect on our identify as catalysts for change, innovation and inspiration, all the while remaining deeply rooted in our heritage. I wish more of the Diaspora could experience where they come from. So many countries in Africa are unknown to travelers but there are a number of companies now working hard to present a more modern and authentic African travel experience like actress and producer Maame Adjei's Girl Going Places to tour planning companies like Tastemakers Africa and VisiterLAfrique.
What Is On Trend Right Now For You?
Non-traditional shapes! A few African brands are leading the trend lately. Llulo has amassed a huge following with their Africa-shaped cushions. Priced at USD 62, the Ankara cushion is one that stands out as certified pillow porn, especially the limited edition leather option. Similarly, OT & O Rugs, an African-inspired brand out of London run by a mother-daughter team from Nigeria are selling truly unique carpets shaped like…people. Talk about walking all over someone! In the fashion world, brands like Okiki Marinho now available in the US at Shop Oasis NYC have remodeled the concept of the purse shape - introducing a distinct circular construction to their bags.